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It’s Semi-Permanent week and it looks like it’ll be one you don’t want to miss! 

Things will be kicking off this Friday, with the line up including Architectural Foodsmiths Bompas & Par, who give people incredible experiences, often on the end of a fork. 

Projects range from founding the British Museum of Food to cooking with lava and realising Alcoholic Architecture (as seen in the video above), a bar featuring a breathable cloud of gin and tonic that intoxicates through the lungs and eyeballs.  Sign us up!

Bompas & Par will be speaking AND creating a unique installation for SPAKL-ers, channeling the instinctual power that comes from the gut, the creative strut that sits at the core of the creative and inspirational process. It sure to be an unforgettable experience. 

Don’t forget, the Semi-P team have given the CreativeMornings community a sweet discount, just head to their ticketmaster page here, click find tickets and enter the offer code loveu1610 to grab that discount.

Chur!

August is all about #CMweird at CreativeMornings!

Whether it’s butter in coffee, bacon on donuts, fashion in the 80’s making a return, or the culture of an organization, weirdness reveals that there are no rules or right answers. Weirdness widens the edges of the status quo, and if we allow it, it adds beauty to our lives because it introduces us to a multitude of complexities that we may be ignoring.

This theme was chosen by our Austin chapter and illustrated by Will Bryant. This month, 150+ cities will get weird and play with weirdness. Rather than flinching at the unfamiliar, perhaps this is a time to embrace the strange, the new, and to explore our boundaries.

Sponsored globally by our friends at MailChimp, Mailchimp will also be taking over the CreativeMornings newsletter for the month! Stay tuned for some weird emails coming your way throughout August. Find a local event —> https://creativemornings.com/themes/weird

For July’s CreativeMornings we gathered at GridAKL, where we got to talk about Love with Sarah Lancaster from Sew Love.Massive thanks to our awesome speaker, our generous venue host, our supporting partners Curative & 3rdeye Recruitment, our breakfast partners Coffee Supreme, Antipodes Water Company, Forage + Bloom and our dedicated team of volunteers!And thanks to Jess Holdaway & Juanita Madden for capturing the day.

Check out the full set over on Flickr.

Morning Person: Alain Brideson

Semi-Permanent is back, returning to Auckland on 12-13 August 2016 at the Aotea Centre. As ever there is a packed line-up of speakers, but alongside the main event will be interactive and inspiring workshops, film screenings and for the first time this year, panel discussions on the Future of Business and the Future of Content and much more. This is one gathering you don’t want to miss!

To get us in the swing of things we had a quick chat with one of the programmes speakers, Alain Brideson, to to find out what makes him tick. A regular CreativeMornings attendee and active member of the Auckland creative community, Alain is a kiwi industrial designer who has recently returned from 8 years immersing himself in the European design scene. 

For the last 3 years he has been contracting for various companies in Europe and Asia; getting involved in projects ranging from ski-grips to show-cars. Most recently he was based in Northern Italy with a stint in Amsterdam. Before that, Alain spent 6 years in Germany and Switzerland delving deep into the field of transportation design. While studying his Masters degree at Pforzheim University in Germany he picked up vital skills which he now credits as shaping his current creative design process. 

Upon graduating, he teamed up with a couple of engineers at Rinspped, a start-up in Switzerland for the design and prototype of electric vehicles. Since being back home, Alain continues to design vehicles and products from his studio in Auckland, while also teaching design at AUT. Above all he is thoroughly enjoying being back in NZ and is excited to be involved within the creative community. 


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Who are you?
Alain Brideson

What gets you up in the morning?
Breakfast

Explain what you do in five words or less…
Industrial designer who draws heaps

What’s a surprising fact about you?
I was a karate kid

Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself one year ago

Who would you love to hear speak, alive or dead?
Nikola Tesla

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck? 
Go for a leisurely stroll and soak up my surroundings

What’s your Secret Superpower?
Synaesthesia

What’s the most recent thing you learned?
How to prune a fruit tree

Love is….
When you don’t have to think, you just know


We’re really excited to hear more from Alain at Semi-Permanent in August, and will be keeping an eye on what he does in the future. 

Check out the full speaker lineup and their programme overflowing with side events at https://beta.semipermanent.com/events/semi-permanent-auckland-2016

Our mates at Semi-Permanent are offering the CreativeMornings community a 10% discount off tickets! Ka mau te wehi!! Just head over to their ticketmaster page and enter the special offer code loveu1610 to grab the discount.

The year’s premiere creative shindig, Semi-Permanent, is fast approaching, coming at us like confetti being shot from an extra large and magically benevolent cannon. One particularly inspirational clump to be found within that confetti is Cleo Wade, an innovative New York-based artist and poet, who aims to empower, inspire and celebrate femininity with her eclectic mixed-media works. 

Guided by a belief that art is for all people, Cleo creates large scale public art pieces. Her latest project: Respect, is an emotive love letter to her native New Orleans, affixed on a giant billboard at the entrance of the city’s French quarter. Her follow up piece to Respect, entitled “She,” was created in collaboration with graffiti artist Brandon Odums, and is permanently installed on the side of a 50-foot warehouse building in New Orleans Bywater neighbourhood. 

In 2016, she’s set to publish a book of modern love poetry, and additionally launch a line of sustainable stationary with her all-female arts collective, Chez Conversations. 

Cleo will be appearing as part of the Semi-Permanent Auckland programme. Check out the full speaker lineup and their programme overflowing with side events at https://beta.semipermanent.com/events/semi-permanent-auckland-2016

Semi-Permanent are offering the CreativeMornings community a 10% discount off tickets! Ka mau te wehi!! Just head over to their ticketmaster page and enter the special offer code loveu1610 to grab the discount.

CreativeMornings with Sew Love
Friday 29 July, 8.00-9.30am
GridAKL

“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.”

Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart.

Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex.

Sarah Lancaster knows all about how complex love can be. As the founder of Sew Love, a social enterprise providing pop-up fun spaces and resources for people to be creative, learn new skills, and get to know their neighbours, Sarah is on a mission to bring more love into this world - love for one another, love for our earth, and love for ourselves & our abilities.

In a world where price and fast paced convenience comes first all too often, Sarah has been championing the fun that can be found at the heart of conscious consumerism and empowered ethical choices for years. Armed with her trusty sewing kit and a platoon of sewing machines, Sarah has taken her blog and big dreams from teaching sustainable sewing in workshops and pop ups around Auckland City, to engaging the local community in guerilla crafting activities and eco-warrior cheer-leadership.

Sarah is currently on her next big adventure, touring the country in Cecil, a solar powered sewing campervan, in which she is able to share the love as far afield as possible. Of course the road’s been windy, with all the hot spots, and roadblocks that you could imagine – and she’s just halfway there.

Join us on Friday 29 July to hear Sarah talk about doing it all for the love of it, going hungry for it, risking her life for it. About trying to figure out how to ‘do what you love and love what you do’ and if that makes it all worth it in the end.

Sign ups start here from 11am on Monday 25 July.

This year’s Semi-Permanent NZ event is coming up fast, and it’s looking pretty flash! It’s designed to activate our vibrant creative community and evoke change in practice.

20 international speakers over 2 days, plus film screenings, workshops and much more! 

Check out the full schedule and grab a ticket here 

Save the Date! Our next CreativeMornings is happening on the 29th of July. 

Get that in your calendars! More soon…

July is Love

“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.”

Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart. Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex.

The theme was chosen by our Ljubljana chapter and illustrated by Lucy Engelman. This theme is presented globally by Wix. This month, 148 cities will participate in advancing our understanding of love by tapping into the richness of diversity in worldviews within our community. Maybe to relearn how to love and be loved, we need to hear new stories that are different from ours, and to weave those revelations into ourselves.

Introducing our new Official Global Partner, Wix

Starting July, Wix will join the CreativeMornings family as an Official Global Partner for web publishing. Wix is a strong supporter of community, creativity and self expression and are excited about what we are building at CreativeMornings. Their support will allow us to keep growing this incredible family, and we’re thrilled to bring them on board.Wix has everything you need to create your own stunning website for free. No creative limits, no coding - just the freedom to express yourself and manage your business online. Wix was founded on the belief that everyone should be able to develop, create and contribute online. Join the 87 million users around the world who choose to create stunning websites with Wix.

For June’s CreativeMornings we gathered at Studio One Toi Tū where we got to talk about Broken systems with Anna Dean.

Massive thanks to our awesome speaker, our generous venue host, our supporting partners Curative & 3rdeye Recruitment, our breakfast partners Coffee Supreme, Antipodes Water Company, Forage + Bloom and The Collective and our dedicated team of volunteers!

And thanks to Jess Holdaway for capturing the day.

Check out the full photo set here

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